Dustin Poirier shows off ‘kankle’ from UFC victory over Dan Hooker as he credits Conor McGregor for helping him grow as a fighter

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Dustin Poirier showed off a nasty injury to his ankle following his UFC win on Saturday.

He got the decision win over Dan Hooker in a brutal five round fight in Las Vegas, which also was named fight of the night.

Dustin Poirier won his fight with Dan Hooker at the weekend

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Dustin Poirier won his fight with Dan Hooker at the weekend

The 31-year-old showed off the damage he suffered in the bout with a picture of his ankle posted on Twitter alongside the caption ‘Kankle’.

It was Poirier’s first time back in the Octagon since his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC lightweight title back in September.

The win at the weekend took his career MMA record to 26-6 (1) as he looks to work his way back up to the top lightweight contender.

Poirier has a 10-2 record since he lost to Conor McGregor in 2014 and he said that defeat helped him grow into a better person and fighter.

He told ESPN: “It definitely started happening after the Conor McGregor loss. That was the start of it. It’s been a long process, being a father, losing again, winning some and losing again, and winning another one. It’s just a long evolution of stop caring so much. You just stop caring about the noise and stuff that doesn’t matter.

“A lot of times in my younger career, I felt like it was life or death. Every comment on Instagram and Twitter, every journalist who said something, I felt like everybody was against me.

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“I felt like if I lost I would be written off, it’s the end of my career. I’m a bum if I lose this fight. And then you lose a few times and you’re like, ‘Oh s—t, I can still put this back together. Oh man, I’m still providing for my family. I’m still loving what I do.’

“It’s like you’ve been bent but not broken a lot of times and I feel like it made me stronger and it made me the man I am today. I’m happy. I’m genuinely happy.”






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